Falkirk news from Thursday, July 2

The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street
The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street

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Retired Persons

The Falkirk Association of Retired Persons meets on Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Church Hall at 2pm, doors open at 1.30pm. The subject of this month’s talk will be Dundee Missionary Mary Slessor. To find out more about the club contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Medium Louise Minhas to our platform on Saturday at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join us in our friendly church. Please note the church will be closed on July 11 and 18 for refurbishment. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for details.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday is the beginning of the summer season of services, starting at 10.30am with Communion followed with a message from the Bible from Richard Gordon of Falkirk. The church prayer meeting is at 6pm and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30pm with with guest speaker Raymond Hubbocks of Stenhousemuir. Please note all morning services during the summer will start at 10.30am and finish about 12 noon. In the evenings there will be joint alternating services of Bible teaching with Grahamston Evangelical Church. On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm is the first of the prayer with an epilogue, when the leader is Peter Keedy. A Holiday Club for primary school children is being organised from August 3 to 7 in a Howgate Centre shopping unit close to the main entrance. It will open each day at 10.30am for children’s craft work followed by a packed programme from 11am until 12 noon. A full repeat activity will take place each day from 1.30pm.

Women’s Register

The National Women’s Register is a discussion group and so much more for all lively-minded women. We have weekly evening meetings to discuss pre-arranged topics in each other’s homes around Falkirk district. In addition, we have monthly morning excursions to cafes and through the summer fortnightly evening walks. On Wednesday there is a Supper Walk at Cambuskenneth Abbey. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on (01324) 631363.

Lunch Club

Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club welcomed Bill Laurie who proved more than able to fill the shoes of our expected speaker, his colleague Bill Mitchell. On the 100th anniversary of WW1, and speaking about its impact locally, he said War does not discriminate, its victims men from all walks of life. Officers and men, it made no difference and memorials across the district and in the Parish and Erskine Churches show the names of those who will never be forgotten. They indeed did not grow old. The next meeting will be on July 7 in the Park Hotel and anyone wishing to join us should be at the hotel 12.30 for 1pm when our speaker will be Andy MacLeod and his subject ‘What a difference a year makes’.

Blind Club

The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium beginning at 1pm. It is open to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and have the fellowship of others, afternoon tea or coffee and entertainment. This week’s entertainment was provided by Jay Silver. His selection of songs were well received by the members who sang along with him and the more energetic got up to dance. He will be welcomed back for a repeat performance in the not too distant future. The club gratefully accepted a donation of a sound system gifted by an anonimous party and presented by ‘Dad’s Army’ member Martin Jones. New members will be made most welcome.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 17 results: Roman Bar A 7, Clachan 5; Scotia 6, Soohoose 6; Aunty Katies 7, Aitkens 5; Anchor 8, Cheerz 4; Ship Inn 9, Railway 3; Ellwyn 7, Legion 5; Tam Bain 7, Star Inn 5; Mill Inn 5, Roman Bar B 7.

Parkinsons UK

The next meeting of the Falkirk branch will be tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall. Sandra and her friends will provide entertainment. The next drop-in meeting will be on Tuesday, July 14 between 2 and 4pm in the same venue. John Duncan will entertain us with songs and stories. Come along and bring a friend or carer or both. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Contact eddiebryce@sky.com or on (01324) 638911.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service commences at 11am and will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall following the service. Please note that the church café will be closed from Monday and re-open on July 20. The walking group meet on Mondays at 7pm and during July the set off point is Bantaskine Park. Tickets are now available for Sixty Minutes of Song with the National Youth Choir of Scotland on Saturday, August 15 at 4pm. They cost £5 (adult), £4 (concession) and £3 (under 26) and available from the church office or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/NYCoS or at the door on the day, depending on availability.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meets in the Guide Hall off Cow Wynd. The Medium on Sunday is Jackie Coleman. Doors open at 6.15pm, service starts at 7pm followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Carers Centre

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, 1A Bank Street, hosts a weekly Carers Cafe offering a cup of tea or coffee and a chance to meet others carers every Wednesday between 10am and noon. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office on (01324) 611510, e-mail centre@centralcarers.org or visit www.carersfalkirk.org

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 7pm and is lead by volunteer walk leaders. You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk as it can take up to two hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

Health walks leave Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10am. The walks are split into a faster or slower walk and both are lead by our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 7pm from Falkirk Football Stadium. Walk leaders will take walkers in and around the Helix site. Once the walk is established the group will take in all the paths which connect to Helix park. Westquarter Glen, Lionthorn, Love and kisses and the sun dial in Langlees Woodlands, Beancross, Laurieston, Grangemouth and more. Come along and discover new places to walk while meeting other people. Walks are all free and lead by Step Forth volunteers. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or email: stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15pm from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. We also use the lovely restaurant at the Stadium when its raining or in the colder months. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information call (01324) 504556.

Nordic Walking

Next Tuesday, Culross at 6.30pm. Meet at the first car park, car pool if possible. Wednesday, July 8, at 1pm. Meet at Falkirk Football Stadium. Monday walk on as usual at 10am from Falkirk Stadium. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. Unfortunately the local branch at Leishman Tower has temporarily closed due to reduced use by members and a shortage of volunteers. If you are an existing member requiring assistance or are interested in volunteering please call the main office at the number shown. Westfield - Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join, please phone the main office in Grangemouth on (01324) 473695, visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your new local branch at Westfield Park Community Centre which is open Wednesdays fortnightly from 12-1pm (please check with main office or centre for details).

Step Forth

There is a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the led walk programme is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. We also have walks at the beautiful Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness every Monday and Thursday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2pm. All leave from Kinneil museum. We also have a walking group at Carriden. For more information contact the number below. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call (01324) 504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org